We recognize and appreciate the critical role water plays in Chaffee County, Colorado. As a water steward in important ecosystems throughout the nation, in 2009, after a comprehensive two-year permitting process that included significant stakeholder input, we received unanimous approval by the Board of Chaffee County Commissioners to operate and source water from the Ruby Mountain Springs site in Chaffee County. The County required two permits:
- a Special Land Use Permit (SLUP) to develop a water supply in an area currently zoned as rural or commercial and,
- a 1041 Permit to identify and mitigate any potential impacts from the proposed project.
The County's decisions to approve the permits were made by three elected Chaffee County Board of Commissioners. Extensive public meetings were held to incorporate community input in this permitting process. In 2008 and 2009, as part of the 1041 permitting process, independent consultants were hired by the County (at our expense) to thoroughly review our data and provide independent opinions. All data was made public and vetted through seven public hearings. The County's rigorous process produced valuable benefits for the local community, environmental sustainability, and the economy.
In 2019 our 1041 permit was subject to renewal by the Chaffee County Board of Commissioners. The process involves a formal application submission for a permit extension and scheduled public meetings with the Board who, with other County officials, will review the application. Our 1041 permit extension request will be considered at the Chaffee County Board of Commissioners meeting in October of 2020. We look forward to continuing our role as a water steward and community member in Colorado. Not what you’ve heard? Please visit our webpage, “Know the Facts about Colorado,” to learn more.